MacGyver Reboot Update #176

Levy Tran’s new movie Secret Headquarter is out. Meanwhile, MacGyver fans are waiting for casting news regarding the other cast members.

BtS photo of Secret Headquarters (via Dustin Ingram)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Last Friday, Levy Tran’s movie Secret Headquarters was released on Paramount+. There was just a tiny glimpse of Levy in the trailer, and she wasn’t in any of the 50 Official Stills on IMDb. At least she’s in an Official Still provided in an article by CBS Watch Magazine. There was a red carpet premiere in New York on August 8, but Levy didn’t attend the carpet nor the press day.

Levy Tran as Virginia in Secret Headquarters (Hopper Stone/Paramount Pictures via CBS Watch Magazine)

We got a new BtS photo by fellow actor Dustin Ingram; presumably taken during a break in between weapons training lessons. A few days later, he posted a BtS photo from set. Levy herself posted some BtS photos on Instagram as well.

Reviews so far aren’t overwhelming, and Levy doesn’t have as many scenes as I hoped, but being in a fun family movie might open doors for different roles. The movie has reached Rank 1 in the streaming charts in five countries so far. Because of the push to streaming, the cinematic release in several countries (e.g. Germany) has been cancelled. Since Paramount+ isn’t available in German-speaking countries yet, the movie might get a direct-to-DVD-release instead.

More than 5 months after her episode of Magnum PI aired, Levy also posted some BtS photos.

Nick, Lucas and Mama Till (via Dana Till)

ICYMI: Last month, we got new photos of Lucas Till with Nick and Mama Till. On August 10, Lucas got many birthday wishes on social media. There was a Twitter mention of a sighting in Canada, but no photos nor any further mentions, so we don’t know how he spent his special day.

Justin Hires directed a project in Atlanta a few weeks ago, but we don’t have any further information about it yet. Maybe another music video? He keeps doing comedy shows; mostly in the LA and Florida area. While popping in during the Day 1s Podcast recently, he revealed that he will record more Urban Legendz Podcast interviews soon. The new episodes will presumably start airing next month.

Justin Hires during a stand up comedy set (via Michael Schwartz)

ICYMI: Henry Ian Cusick has been cast as a recurring character on the 3rd season of ABC show Big Sky which is currently filming in New Mexico.

MacGyver on DVD
ICYMI: In France, the Season 4 DVD was released on August 17.

Both the Season 5 DVD and the Complete Series Box Set with 23 discs have a release date of September 21. The DVD cover previews are the same ones as in Germany. There’s no further information about the bonus material yet.

Tristin Mays recording for the MacGyver Musical Concept Album (via MacGyver Global)

MacGyver The Musical
ICYMI: A few weeks ago, they declared RJ Christian as the winner who will sing as Angus MacGyver on the MacGyver musical concept album. He has already recorded his part.

There hasn’t been any confirmation if the release date for the album is still set for September. The official website simply says “fall” and that there will be a few surprises.

CBS Pilot Season (encore)
ICYMI: NBC has ordered 20 more episodes of Magnum PI; split into two seasons. Filming is supposed to start next month, so it will be a midseason show. According to the writers, they will have the same writing crew as for Season 4, so there might be a chance of Levy’s character coming back for another guest appearance.

Lucas Till with friends (via Stephan Perez)

So far, none of the MacGyver cast or of the writers is attached to any of the CBS rookie shows, though some of the MacGyver writers are still working on some older other CBS shows (e.g. Star Trek). Also, CBS seems rather slow on updating show information on IMDb this year.

Other MacGyver-related News
Since last year, Showrunner Monica Macer had been attached to a drama series with Henry Ian Cusick and director David Straiton. Her entry as a producer has been recently removed from the IMDb movie page, while two other producers have been added. It looks like the interest is still there to get the series made, but it might still be stuck in “development hell” for quite some time.

Preview of the French Season 5 DVD (via Amazon)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • MacGyver Reboot writer Andrew Klein co-wrote the script for RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned, one of Lenkov’s upcoming TV movies. The movie (which is actually a prequel) is currently in post-production. Fun Fact: One of the main characters (played by Richard Fleeshman) is actually named Angus.
  • On August 8, the third cycle of MacGyver Reboot episode reruns started on ion Television.
  • According to Amazon France, the DVD for Un Fils du Sud (aka Son of the South) with Lucas Till will be out on August 23.

MacGyver Reboot Update #165

MacGyver the Musical premieres in Houston today. While the Opening Night is sold out, you can still get tickets for other showings.

Tristin Mays posing for a photoshoot (via Kevin Bennylee)

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About the Season 6 Storylines (encore)
ICYMI: Before the Season 5 Finale last year, Showrunner Monica Macer had done an interview for TV Line. She talked about potential storylines for the next season – e.g. the future of Mac, Riley and Desi, the “lost” fiancé and a treasure hunt. A few days later, TV Line added an article revealing that Season 6 would have delivered a baby. About a week later, another article revealed what would have led to the first kiss between Mac and Riley.

In June, ex-showrunner Peter Lenkov had posted an excerpt of his own “end game” on Instagram Stories; making it sound like it would have been the Series Finale. After a recent inquiry by a fan on Twitter, he re-posted several script pages in a “proper” Instagram post – which was conveniently used to publish yet another article on TV Line (since they know posts about MacGyver still generate a lot of traffic).

What are Cast and Crew up to?
Tristin Mays posted a few more photos and videos in recent weeks; e.g. of a photoshoot she did with boyfriend Marlon Webb, a photoshoot she did for her mom’s website Black History Matters or a video of her second ballet lesson.

Tristin Mays posing for a photoshoot (via Black History Matters)

On January 29, Henry Ian Cusick posted an Instagram Story taken at Phuket International Airport. We also got a new/old photo of Lucas Till out with friends.

Both Meredith Eaton and Levy Tran will guest-star in upcoming CBS shows. So far, we didn’t get to see any official material yet.

Reign Edwards posted about MacGyver Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony) on Instagram Stories; revealing that her phone keeps making “celebration videos” of her TV weddings.

BtS Screenshot of MacGyver Episode 2×16: Hammock + Balcony (via Reign Edwards)

ICYMI: Distributor Star Invest France has started with the promotion for Son of the South. We also got a new BtS photo by Katie Zellner; featuring Lucas with Bob Zellner. It might take some time to get new promo, but I hope we get at least some new photos and interviews taken during the French festival premiere in Deauville last year.

CBS Pilot Season
CBS is often one of the last networks when announcing renewals and cancellations. So far, nobody of the former MacGyver cast and crew is officially attached to any CBS show in development. The only official pilot orders and pick-ups are for True Lies and a new legal drama.

BtS photo of Son of the South (via Katie Zellner)

ICYMI: Last year, Tristin had revealed being attached to the Flashdance TV Series in development for CBS (with Paramount+ as distributor). Back in 2020, Deadline reported that Tracy McMillan was set to write the script, with Angela Robinson directing and Lynda Obst executive producing. On Tuesday, CBS announced that the Reboot would be helmed by Justin Simien, who’s under an overall contract.

On IMDb, Simien is noted as director and writer of the pilot. I’m assuming the other women are not involved anymore; and with getting a completely new script and Simien bringing his own people on board, this move diminished Tristin’s chances getting the lead role.

Lucas Till (left) and Stefano Smith (right) out with friends (via Jabbar Cash)

The MacGyver Reboot is in syndication and seems to do well. There are still double reruns on CBS (WGCL) Atlanta (Saturday nights), for example.

Other MacGyver-related News
Production Designer Charlie Daboub (who had worked as Art Director on Season 2) posted a video of a familiar-looking “staged” plane on Instagram; revealing in a comment that it is indeed the Phoenix Foundation Jet that he “inherited” and updated to use in another CBS show.

On his website and on social media, you can find several designs and concept art for his first version and the version they actually built for the show.

Phoenix Foundation Jet Concept Art (via Charlie Daboub)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Henry Ian Cusick will appear at Pensacon (Florida, February 18-20).
  • Michael Des Barres did a podcast interview for On Screen & Beyond. It’s probably older, but was just uploaded this week.
  • Of all interviews and clips that Justin Hires posted on the YouTube-account of his Urban Legendz Podcast, the interviews with Tristin Mays and Lucas Till are on Rank 2 (about 3530 hits) and Rank 3 (about 3430 hits) when sorting for most-watched videos.
  • Meredith Eaton will reprise the character of Carol Wilson for CBS show NCIS. Her episode will presumably air on February 28.
  • Levy Tran will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Magnum PI. Her episode will presumably air on March 4.

MacGyver Reboot Update #164

Rehearsals for the MacGyver Musical in Houston are underway. Meanwhile, the cast is still laying low.

Lucas Till spending time with family (via Dana Till)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: On December 24, Tristin Mays and Marlon Webb released a short video called Baby It’s Cold Outside. And Tristin and Marlon kept themselves busy with being creative. On January 8, Tristin uploaded a Broadway Warm-up video. A day later, Marlon uploaded a dancing video (Omarion Variant).

BtS photo of Baby It’s Cold Outside (via Tristin Mays)

Tristin posted a few more photos and videos; e.g. a throwback to the The Lion King during her Broadway days as a kid. In the last week, she’s been quiet again; even pondering if she should deactivate her Twitter account.

Distributor Star Invest France released the French trailer for Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South; kicking off the promo for France. There was a press screening in Paris, so reviews should be out soon. The movie also screened at the “Festival International du Film Politique” in Carcassonne this week.

French Promo for Son of the South (via Stéphane Parphot)

The French theatrical release date has already been moved twice due to the pandemic, and daily covid case numbers are still rising. Whatever happens, I hope we get at least some new photos and interviews taken during the French festival premiere in Deauville last year.

Mama Till provided some more photos of Lucas; presenting her chrochet work.

ICYMI: TV Line revealed that Levy Tran will play a crime lord’s bodyguard named Tia Min in an upcoming episode of CBS show Magnum PI. I estimated her episode to be 4×13, but she isn’t listed in the press release. Considering that the show is going on hiatus during the Olympics, we might not get to watch her episode until the end of February or even March.

MacGyver The Musical Character Art (via Stages Houston)

In December, stunt double Reece Fleetwood did a short interview; also talking about doubling for George Eads on MacGyver.

“[Eads] told me the first day I worked, ‘Man, if you’re doubling me, you’re going to be busy because there’s a ton of action for my character and I’ve got a bum back and my shoulder is all whacked out,’” Fleetwood recalled. Eads was true to his word. Fleetwood was involved in loads of fights, falls, car chases and a scene with an explosion that ended up dislocating his shoulder. “I was stunt coordinating that day,” he said. “We were supposed to be running from an explosion and we were supposed to be behind a barricade before the explosion, but I told the director I thought it would look cooler if we weren’t quite behind the barricade.” Fleetwood was right about the shot, but it took him about a year to recover from the pain of that dislocated shoulder.

The Newton Community Magazine, December 14, 2021

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
ICYMI: There’s another fundraiser going on. The official SaveMacGyver website and social media accounts get updated regularly; so check there to keep up with news.

Lucas Till spending time with family (via Dana Till)

CBS Midseason Ratings
Although SWAT lost in ratings since being pushed to their new time slot (Sundays, 10pm), it’s still doing well enough. Of the 20 scripted shows on the current CBS Fall schedule, Magnum PI still has the lowest demo of the previous Friday line-up (Rank 16), followed by Blue Bloods (Rank 14) and SWAT (Rank 12).

CBS is usually one of the “slower” networks when it comes to announcing renewals and cancellations. So far, it has cancelled Bull, which has the second-lowest demo of all current scripted CBS shows and a rather tumultous past behind the scenes.

Henry Ian Cusick for Pensacon

While CBS has several pilots in the works, none of the pilots have been ordered to series yet. So far, none of the former MacGyver cast and crew is officially attached to any CBS shows in development. If they are, we might hear either at the TCAs soon or the Upfronts (usually in May).

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: On their list of “Most Popular Shows of 2021” at SpoilerTV, the MacGyver Reboot reached Rank 11. The Reboot also reached Rank 14 on their list of “Most Popular Shows and Articles on SpoilerTV in December 2021”.

At the moment, SpoilerTV will let you vote on your favorite Shows starting with “M”. So far, they haven’t deactivated their MacGyver Twitter Account (unlike for other former shows); knowing that the fandom is still very active and bringing traffic to their website.

MacGyver The Musical Promo (via Stages Houston)

Rehearsals for the MacGyver Musical in Houston started on January 3. Listen to this podcast episode (recorded in February 2020 before the Telluride workshop premiere) to listen to MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff talking about how the musical came to be.

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Henry Ian Cusick will appear at Pensacon (Florida, February 18-20).
  • Of all interviews and clips that Justin Hires posted on the YouTube-account of his Urban Legendz Podcast, the interviews with Tristin Mays and Lucas Till are on Rank 2 (about 3400 hits) and Rank 3 (about 3050 hits) when sorting for most-watched videos.
  • Meredith Eaton will reprise the character of Carol Wilson for CBS show NCIS. Her episode (presumably 19×13) will air in February.

MacGyver Reboot Update #158

With a few sightings here and there, fans wait for news regarding the reboot and projects of their favorite cast and crew members.

Lucas Till attending a wedding, October 2021 (via Dana Till)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
We got a new Lucas Till sighting in Atlanta on October 10, thanks to his mom. She posted a selfie with her sons; taken while attending a family wedding.

Tristin Mays got to meet her nephew for the first time recently; being completely smitten and fuelling the ideas of fans and fanfiction writers.

Tristin Mays meeting Campion, October 2021 (via Giselle Mays)

Levy Tran has returned to Atlanta after filming scenes for Expendables 4 in London. So far, I haven’t seen any BtS photos of her, but it looks like she got her hair cut shorter. Maybe she will film more scenes in another location? In the meantime, she’s endorsing the new sports brand collaboration by her martial arts trainers.

Otherwise, there’s still no casting news to write about. Justin Hires keeps doing stand-up-comedy-shows, podcasts and working on his music. Henry Ian Cusick will visit Comic Con Liverpool next month while Meredith Eaton is mostly off the social media grid.

International Season 5 Promo (via FOX Spain)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
ICYMI: For the MacGyver Con, a total of 5500 USD was raised for charity.

The official SaveMacGyver website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news.

Kate Bond for MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
Why are the current CBS ratings of interest for MacGyver fans? The better MacGyver looks in comparison to the current schedule, in streaming numbers and in syndication, the more appealing the show looks to CBS. They might try to squeeze out a few more bucks by selling the rights, ordering more merchandize (e.g. books) or work on a Spin-Off.

  • SWAT (Friday, 8pm) has an average demo of 0.45 (+7% compared to last year) in the important demo group of 18 to 49 year olds and 4.877 million live-viewers (+54%) per episode.

Verdict: The fate of SWAT depends on the co-producing network, but the future looks quite promising. The ratings improved a lot since the timeslot switch and it might end up being the winner of the Friday line-up.

  • Magnum PI (Friday, 9pm) premiered with a series low. This season, an average episode reaches a demo of 0.40 (-24%) and a live-audience of 5.211 million viewers (-6%).

Verdict: The show still has a rather good audience number. Since it’s a co-production, it might depend on how long NBCU is willing to pay for it. Even if renewed, it could lose its Fall premiere and/or time slot next season.

  • Veteran show Blue Bloods (Friday, 10pm) keeps its tendency of a rather low demo with high live-audience numbers. At the moment, an average episode manages 0.43 (-20%) in demo and an an audience of 6.084 million viewers (-6%).

Verdict: The loss of live-viewers compared to last season is marginal. Blue Bloods is old and expensive, but it has international and syndication deals in place.

Levy Tran for Hyperfly (via Kinetic Motions)

Other MacGyver-related News
The MacGyver Reboot is in syndication.

  • There are double reruns on CW26 (Chicago area) on Saturdays (5-7pm local time) or on CBS (WGCL) Atlanta (12-2am).
  • In the US, the Reboot is available to stream on IMDbTV. This week, it’s been in the Top Ten (Rank 7) every day.
  • Fans have tweeted that the show will come to Netflix in Europe soon; e.g. to France.

ICYMI: Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South was released on DVD and BluRay last month in German-speaking regions. Contrary to the US version, the German version contains about 45 minutes of bonus material; including an interview with Lucas done remotely a few months ago.

The movie is currently available on Netflix in 17 countries (e.g. Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela); reaching the Top Ten this week in 15 of them.

MacGyver The Musical Key Art (via Stages Houston)

Other MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • CBS will release a BluRay boxset of OG MacGyver on November 2. You can read up on all information here. I haven’t seen any advertizing so far.
  • On November 18 and 19, Son of the South will be screened in competition at the “Festival du Film d’Histoire de Pessac” in France.
  • The Houston premiere for the second production of MacGyver The Musical has been set for February 2022. Casting for roles is underway. Check the dates and book tickets here.

MacGyver Reboot Update #157

Lucas Till finished promoting the release of Son of the South in Europe. Meanwhile, Levy Tran has arrived in Europe to start filming an action movie.

Lucas Till in Atlanta, September 2021 (via Stefano Smith)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Lucas Till had been on promo tour in Europe for his movie Son of the South, but some interviews are just being released now. Watch a 20-minute-interview done in Berlin here.

After his return to the US, Lucas sort of disappeared again. We did get a new sighting in Atlanta on September 25, thanks to Stefano Smith (who had been a set medic on MacGyver for several seasons). On Wednesday, he visited a football game (of the team that is coached by his cousin Bryan).

Lucas Till at the French premiere for Son of the South (via Frederic Lebourg)

Levy Tran has been cast in Expendables 4. We don’t know yet how big her part will be, but the Expendables franchise is a big international success and might get her cast in other action-heavy movie roles. She already arrived in London; posting several photos of visiting the British Museum and doing some sightseeing.

ICYMI: Tristin Mays has been filming a production with pirates, dancing and singing. The production is called “Master of the House”, but there’s not much information about it.

International Season 5 Promo (via FOX Spain)

Otherwise, there’s no casting news to write about. Justin Hires keeps doing stand-up-comedy-shows; e.g. in Hollywood. Henry Ian Cusick will visit Comic Con Liverpool next month.

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
For MacGyver Con, a total of 5500 USD was raised for charity. Well done, everyone!

On September 23, fans celebrated the 5-year-anniversary of the premiere of the MacGyver Reboot; posting old BtS material and remembering how they met new friends online due to the show.

The official SaveMacGyver website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news.

Tristin Mays for the MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
Fall Season on CBS started on September 20. So far, 15 shows have premiered. Since last Friday, MacGyver‘s previous time slot is occupied by SWAT.

Lets take a look at the average ratings of the Friday Line-Up. Why is this of interest for us? Simply put: A network cares about money. The better MacGyver looks in comparison to the current schedule, in streaming numbers and in syndication, the more appealing the show looks to CBS; even in hindsight. They might try to squeeze out a few more bucks by selling the rights.

Lucas Till and Bryan Till (via Richmond Raiders)

Of course, they only aired one episode each so far, but the Friday schedule on CBS has a tendency to achieve stable ratings over the season so there won’t be many ups and downs over the next few months.

  • SWAT (Friday, 8pm) has moved from Wednesdays 10pm to make room for the revival of CSI: Vegas. The show premiered with a demo of 0.42 in the important demo group of 18 to 49 year olds and 4.859 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Last year, SWAT premiered in November with a demo of 0.44 and only 2.75 million live-viewers. Its fate will depend on the co-producing network. But considering it had an average of 3 million live-viewers per episode last season and therefore a whopping gain of 53% in audience with the premiere this season, it might end up being the winner of the Friday line-up if the show manages to keep these numbers steady.

  • Magnum PI (Friday, 9pm) premiered with a series low; reaching a demo of 0.39 (-25% compared to last year) and a live-audience of 5.226 million live-viewers.

Verdict: While the demo in premiere week was the lowest of all CBS shows, it still managed a rather good audience number.

Till Family Outing (via Richmond Raiders)

Since it’s a co-production, it might depend on how long NBCU is willing to pay for it. Even if renewed, it could lose its time slot next season.

  • Veteran show Blue Bloods (Friday, 10pm) premiered with a demo of 0.45 (-15%) and a live-audience of 6.297 million viewers. Like lasth year, it does meh for demo, but good in audience numbers.

Verdict: The live-audience loss compared to last season is marginal. Blue Bloods is old and expensive, but it has international and syndication deals in place.

Lucas Till and Bryan Till (via Richmond Raiders)

The live-viewers numbers probably aren’t as important anymore since it’s still bringing in a lot of money.

Other MacGyver-related News
The Reboot is in syndication now; airing double reruns on CW26 (Chicago area) on Saturdays (5-7pm local time) or on CBS (WGCL) Atlanta (12-2am).

Son of the South won an audience award (Prix du public long métrage) at the “Festival International du Film de Fiction Historique” in Toulouse, France. The DVD was released last month in German-speaking regions. Contrary to the US version, the DVD contains about 45 minutes of bonus material; including an interview with Lucas done remotely a few months ago.

Son of the South DVD Cover for German-speaking regions (via DVD Cover)

ICYMI: Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov participated in Episode 14 of the Podcast The Working Writer. About 38 minutes in, he talks about the MacGyver Reboot; mainly about the Unaired Pilot.

The Houston premiere for the second production of the MacGyver The Musical has been set for February 2022. You can check the dates and book tickets here.

Other MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • CBS will release a BluRay boxset of OG MacGyver on November 2. The TV movies will be included, but there will be no extras. You can read up on all information here.
  • It looks like the cinematic release of Son of the South in France has been pushed to March 16 next year.
  • Another production of the MacGyver The Musical is planned for May 2022. The location isn’t known yet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #156

Lucas Till finished promoting the release of Son of the South in Europe. Meanwhile, Tristin Mays has been filming a project that has her dressed like a pirate.

New round of billboards (via Maria)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: Lucas Till has been on promo tour in Europe for his movie Son of the South. He attended the German premiere in Berlin plus the screening and Q&A in Munich. On September 8, he attended the Deauville Film Festival (Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville). They did a photoshoot plus interviews on the next day. One interview with Lucas and co-star Sharonne Lanier has been uploaded on YouTube last weekend.

Lucas Till doing press for Son of the South (via Son of the South on FB)

As far as I know, there are no other events planned in Europe. According to AlloCiné, the cinematic premiere in France has been pushed to December 1st. Therefore, it might be a while until we get to hear, see and/or read the rest these interviews.

Tristin Mays has been filming a production with pirates, dancing and singing; serving beer mugs and sailing a ship. The production is called “Master of the House”, but there’s not much information about it. Maybe a short movie? There are several of Tristin’s friends attached that have worked on short movies and parodies before.

Lucas Till at the French premiere for Son of the South (via Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville

Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov participated in Episode 14 of the Podcast The Working Writer. About 38 minutes in, he talks about the MacGyver Reboot. He states that he had already set his mind on doing Magnum PI next and that CBS called him to look at the Unaired Pilot and give his opinion about it because they were worried about sending it to then-CEO Les Moonves for approval.

He states that CBS gave him the option of firing the entire cast if he wanted, but that he kept Lucas Till and George Eads because he saw the potential big-brother-little-brother dynamic that had worked so well on Hawaii Five-0. (Though it also sounds a bit like he kept Lucas based on his potential looks, the way he mentions his long hair several times.)

Lucas Till on set of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot 2016 (via stunt double Peter Wallack)

He says that he didn’t think the pilot was bad writing, but that it didn’t feel like MacGyver. And that he got the series (aka a 13 episode order) greenlit based on him putting together a 5-minute sizzle reel of what he show could be like; stating that this was “sort of insane”.

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
The panels for the MacGyver Con were up until yesterday. The panels had covered a lot of interesting topics. I don’t know if they will later be uploaded somewhere else.

Emerson Brooks for the MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Since September 9, there was a new set of digital billboards out (nearby headquarters of streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon); running until September 17.

Yesterday, fans celebrated the 5-year-anniversary of the premiere of the MacGyver Reboot; posting old BtS material and remembering how they met new friends online due to the show. It was fun going through my vault, reminiscing about a time when CBS still had money for decent promo *ahem*.

The official SaveMacGyver website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news.

Season 1 Premiere Billboard in LA (via Byron Nickleberry)

What’s going to happen now?
The first Fall shows on CBS premiered on September 20. Starting October 1, MacGyver‘s Friday slot will be occupied by SWAT – which should have made room for reality competition show The Activist on October 22. After a lot of backlash, The Activist was pulled (without giving a new premiere date). The show will be retooled as a documentary.

Initially, it had been planned for SWAT to take over the slot of SEAL Team as soon as ST has been moved to Paramount Plus. For now, it looks like SWAT will stay on Fridays 8pm until further notice.

Maybe CBS tries a “wait and see” approach. As mentioned before, they sit on two returning shows that haven’t found a timeslot yet: Amazing Race and Blood + Treasure. Also, CSI Vegas is supposed to be a limited series of 10 episodes, but that might change if it turns out to be a ratings hit. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see how the Friday shows will fare in ratings this year.

New/Old photo of Lucas Till in July 2021 (via Jako Fuchs)

Apparently, the Reboot has been good enough for syndication; airing double reruns on CW26 (Chicago area) on Saturdays (5-7pm).

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: On September 8, Monica Macer joined WeScreenplay for “Cocktails & Conversation”, a podcast talking about the industry and the writing process. You can rewatch it here.

Lee David Zlotoff has announced the second production of the MacGyver The Musical; this time in Houston (Texas). The premiere is in February next year. You can check the dates and book tickets here.

Henry Ian Cusick for the MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Other MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • Henry Ian Cusick was at the Dream It Convention on September 19.
  • The DVD of Son of the South with Lucas Till is released today in German-speaking regions.
  • CBS will release a BluRay boxset of OG MacGyver on November 2. The TV movies will be included, but there will be no extras. You can read up on all information here.
  • Another production of the MacGyver The Musical is planned for May 2022. The location isn’t known yet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #155

The panels for the virtual MacGyver Convention are still available to watch! Also, Lucas Till is promoting the release of Son of the South in Europe.

Lucas Till at the Son of the South Screening in Munich (via Busch Media Group)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: Lucas Till is on promo tour in Europe for his movie Son of the South. On August 25, he attended the German premiere in Berlin alongside fellow actress Nicole Ansari-Cox and director Barry Alexander Brown. Four days later, he joined Barry and Nicole for the screening and a Q&A in München.

The movie had its French Premiere on September 8 at the Deauville Film Festival (Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville). Lucas attended the event in France alongside fellow actors Sharonne Lanier, Matt William Knowles and director Barry Brown. Matt and Barry attended screenings of other films as well.

Lucas Till with Skyler Samuels at the French premiere for Son of the South (via Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville)

They did the usual “festival press cycle” (meaning a photoshoot plus interviews) on the next day. There was another screening yesterday afternoon, but I don’t think the cast attended.

While the “big” festival activities with the A-List stars are mostly happening in Venice right now, Deauville still attracts a crowd of photographers and journalists for the European market. As far as I know, there are no other events planned in France (or Europe). According to AlloCiné, the cinematic premiere in France has been pushed to December 1st. Therefore, it might be a while until we get to hear, see and/or read these interviews.

Lucas Till and Sharonne Lanier doing press for Son of the South (via Verane Pick Brown)

Justin Hires has packed up his “Atlanta crib” last week, so he’s apparently not planning on working on another Atlanta project in the near future. The film Levy Tran was working on has wrapped filming on September 2. Otherwise, there haven’t been any official news about new projects for the cast. I’m still hoping on one of them popping up as a guest star on one of the upcoming Fall shows.

On September 8, Monica Macer joined WeScreenplay for “Cocktails & Conversation”, a podcast talking about the industry and the writing process.

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
The panels for the MacGyver Con, a virtual event by the fans, went live on August 28. The panels were pre-recorded, and you can watch them until September 23.

Kate Bond for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Here’s the full guest/panel list:

The panels cover a lot of interesting topics. Tristin Mays talked about what it was like to film scenes with Billy Baldwin as Riley Davis’ biological father.

Season 5 Writers for the MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Henry Ian Cusick revealed that due to covid circumstances and shutdowns, some of his lines in scripts were given to Tristin while he was in quarantine. Another time, he had to speak some of the lines that had been initially intended for Meredith Eaton. Kate Bond talked about where she could have seen her character going in the show if she hadn’t been written out.

For the Writer’s Panel, some of the writers are wearing the striped pajamas that were handed out by Bozer on the Season 5 Finale Episode. For additional info about the MacGyver Convention, check here.

Emerson Brooks for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

The official SaveMacGyver website also gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news. Yesterday, the team announced that there’s a new set of digital billboards out there (nearby headquarters of streaming sites like Netflix); running until September 17.

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins) got 0.9 million live-viewers, followed by Episode 5×15 (Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal) with 0.84 million live-viewers. Both episodes had a market-share of 3.5%.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (via Tristin Mays)

On average, a Season 5 episode had a German audience of about 0.83 million live-viewers, which is quite a bit lower than the 1.30 million viewers for Season 4. As mentioned before, the lack of promotion by the network this year certainly didn’t help.

What’s going to happen now?
CBS continues airing a mix of reality shows on Fridays; dropping the Magnum PI reruns on Saturdays in favor of SWAT reruns.

The first Fall shows will start airing in about two weeks. The trailers had been released yesterday. MacGyver‘s Friday slot will be occupied by SWAT which will make room for The Activist on October 22, a Global Citizen competition series that will run for 5 weeks.

Lucas Till with Mama Till before leaving for Europe (via Diana Brady Till)

There has been quite the backlash after the announcement; with statements that activism shouldn’t be a competition that falls on being popular on social media and the like. Of course, the SWAT and Magnum PI fans aren’t happy either (either dreading the potential hiatus or the dropping ratings).

As always, the schedule could still change midseason. CBS sits on two returning shows that haven’t found a timeslot yet: Amazing Race and Blood + Treasure. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see how the other Friday shows will fare in ratings this year.

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

Other MacGyver-related News
Here’s a short overview of MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • Ed Asner has died at the age of 91. The legendary actor had a part in Episode 2×20 (Skyscraper – Power).
  • Henry Ian Cusick is set to appear at the Dream It Convention on September 19.
  • There have been hints of the OG show being released as a full BluRay set in November, but there’s no official news yet.
  • The OG show plus the Reboot are currently airing on 6 different German-speaking TV channels in three countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).

MacGyver Reboot Update #154

It’s MacGyver Convention Weekend! Also, Lucas Till is promoting the release of Son of the South in Europe.

Lucas Till at the Son of the South Premiere in Berlin (via Son of the South Instagram)

(For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Yesterday, Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South arrived in German theaters. On Wednesday, Lucas and Nicole Ansari-Cox plus director Barry Alexander Brown had attended the premiere event in Berlin. It was nice seeing Lucas smiling, posing for a photocall and signing all those MacGyver photographs. There are a lot of fan photos on social media.

Barry will do a Q&A-Tour across Germany for cinematic screenings in several cities (Hamburg, Köln, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, München). Lucas might also attend some more of these screenings (presumably, he will attend at least the one in München), so fans might get to see more photos popping up on social media in the next few days. We don’t know if he’ll enjoy some days off in Germany or if he has other “duties” (e.g. talk show appearances or interviews) in between the screenings.

Lucas Till at the Son of the South Premiere in Berlin (via KulturBlog-Berlin)

The movie will also air at the Deauville Film Festival (Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville) in France, which is running from September 3rd to September 12. There’s no official schedule yet on the website, but the French distributor tweeted that the premiere will be on Wednesday, September 8. According to AlloCiné, the cinematic premiere in France has been pushed to December 1st.

There will be restricted access and a limitation of visitors due to the pandemic, but Deauville will still attract a bigger crowd of journalists and maybe even a few paparazzi. There haven’t been many film festivals due to the pandemic in Europe and in several countries, theatres had been closed over Summer. Although the movie is not in competition, I’m sure we can expect at least an official photocall with photos in HD quality plus some more interviews.

Lucas Till at the Son of the South Premiere in Berlin (via Busch Media Group)

There’s still no official news yet if The Spook who sat by the Door has been picked up to series. Tristin Mays seems to have disappeared a bit; leaving her dog Sergeant in the care of a friend – but we don’t know if it was for a holiday or for work. Henry Ian Cusick is set to appear at the Dream It Convention on September 19.

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: Episode 5×12 (Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna) had an audience of 0.73 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.3%, followed by Episode 5×13 (Barn Find + Engine Oil + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer) with 0.83 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.7%. The second episode was followed by the German version of Celebrity Big Brother.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (via Monica Macer)

Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins) got 0.9 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.5%, followed by Episode 5×15 (Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal) with 0.84 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.5% as well.

Looking at Season 5, Episode 5×04 had the highest audience numbers in Germany and Episode 5×11 the lowest. The lack of promotion by the network certainly didn’t help in getting as good ratings as in former seasons. It still did better in ratings than FBI: Most Wanted or Magnum PI that have also been on German TV in recent months.

MacGyver Reboot Ratings in Germany (via Quotenmeter)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
The MacGyver Con, a virtual event by the fans, for the fans will be held this weekend (August 28 and 29). The panels are pre-recorded and there will be raffles with MacGyver-related prizes.

We got several little panel teasers; e.g. of the panel with Lee Zlotoff or the one with Sarah Downer. Also, it was fun to see the teaser of the “writers panel”, since most of them are wearing the striped pajamas that we’ve seen in the Season 5 Finale Episode.

Tristin Mays for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Here’s the full guest list:

For all infos about the MacGyver Convention and to buy tickets for the panels and the raffles, check here.

Henry Ian Cusick for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

The official SaveMacGyver website also gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news.

What’s going to happen now?
CBS continues airing reality shows Secret Celebrity Renovation (8pm) and Greatest AtHome Videos (9pm) on Fridays; also dropping the Magnum PI reruns on Saturdays. Comparing all Summer Shows on CBS, the current Friday reality shows have the lowest demo-rating (0.28 and 0.27). Overall, all networks are struggling with ratings this Summer, so CBS isn’t doing too bad yet.

It’s worth noting that ViacomCBS is selling a lot of their assets lately. Maybe, them cancelling MacGyver for financial reasons wasn’t as far-fetched as I thought.

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: Swiss TV channel 3+ started airing Season 5 on August 20. Every Friday, a single Season 5 episode is followed by an episode of Season 4. Currently, the OG show plus the Reboot are airing on 6 different German-speaking TV channels in three countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). Sadly, Nitro still airs the OG show in low DVD quality and not in the new BluRay quality.

The MacGyver Season 4 DVD was released in German-speaking regions; showing a slightly different backcover than the US version. It was expected, but is still disappointing that this is the first Season on German DVDs without any extras.

Season 4 DVD backcover for Germany (via Orell Füssli)

MacGyver Reboot Update #138

New episode tonight, yay! There’s a lot of excitement since this one has a lot of potential to become a fan favorite this season.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (Mark Hill/CBS via ShowbizJunkies)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

What you need to know about Episode 5×10 (MAC503)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×10 (Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower). It was written by the two Andrews (Andrew Karlsruher and Andrew Klein) and directed by Michael Martinez. We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 16.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (Mark Hill/CBS via Getty Images)

In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis:

While on a mission to hunt down a Codex lead, Mac and the team discover Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) hacked their comms and has recorded them for months. Now, Mac and the team must stop Murdoc, who is working with Andrews (Joe Pantoliano), as they plot to kill thousands and reveal each Phoenix member’s most-guarded secrets.

We got 16 Official Stills on February 25; all of them featuring the guest stars alongside Mac, Riley and Desi. You can find 14 tagged Stills on Getty Images. Yesterday, they added 3 Sneak Peeks while TV Insider provided an exclusive, additional Sneak Peek today.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (via Justin Hires)

Justin Hires hinted at him being on set tonight, so we don’t know yet if any cast members will join in on the live-tweeting.

What you need to know about Episode 5×11 (MAC505)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×11 (C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games). The episode was written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang and directed by David Straiton. We got the Press Release with the first Official Still on February 18. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac and Riley head overseas together to prevent a governmental collapse and inadvertently inhale new deadly microscopic technology.

In this episode, we’ll see the first appearance of Alexandra Grey as a recurring Phoenix engineer named Parker. CBS realeased 5 Official Stills yesterday; all of them featuring Mac and Riley in the woods. Sadly, they’re not available in good quality yet.

Episode 5×11: C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (via CBS)

After this episode, there’s a break due to March Madness; followed by a rerun of Episode 4×03 (Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck) on March 26.

About the Rerun of Episode 4×11
Last Friday, we got a rerun of Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds). It had 3.356 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.34, which is the third-highest audience number of all Season 4 Reruns so far. Contrary to the rerun of Episode 4×04, I didn’t see any writers joining in on the live-tweeting or posting new BtS material.

BtS photo of Episode 4×11: Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds (via Meredith Eaton)

After the rerun of Episode 4×03, they might start with Reruns of Season 5 episodes unless they put a Summer Show on the Friday 8pm schedule. CBS has two drama shows left without a premiere date yet (Evil and Blood + Treasure), but they’ve never aired on Fridays so far.

Season 5 Overview
I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes by production number. The infos were either provided by CBS, by a little birdie and the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

Script Title Page of Episode 5×13 (via Fabio Massimo Bonini)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

  • 5×12 (MAC506): Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (April 2)
    Directed by Anne Renton, presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson
  • 5×13 (MAC507): Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (tbd)
    Written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Katie Eastridge
  • 5×14 (MAC508): H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (tbd)
    Directed by Christine Swanson, guest appearances by Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson
  • 5×15 (MAC509): Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (tbd)

They seem to be a bit behind with the schedule. As far as we know, they started filming the Season Finale Episode today, so they will probably wrap up the season in about two or three weeks.

Working on Episode MAC508 and beyond
To Recap: Production for Episode 5×08 started around February 18. In the last few weeks, they filmed at a construction factory and at the cabin near the lake. Tristin Mays showed us her outfit as Artemis37. Sarah Downer confirmed in a tweet that we’ll get to see Henry Ian Cusick in a kilt.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Ernie Hudson)

On February 26, Justin Hires posted a BtS photo with “his” parents. Bozer’s “father” Ernie Hudson tweeted an additional group photo two days later. Filming continued on March 1, but we didn’t get much BtS material this week. On March 2nd, Levy Tran posted an Instagram Story of her and Lucas Till dancing outside in construction workers gear.

Yesterday, Tristin posted a BtS video of the crew cleaning up after filming inside a church. This is probably footage from an earlier episode; maybe even the one airing tonight (judging by her hairstyle). Guest Star Fabio Massimo Bonini revealed that he will play an Italian thug named Franco Scuro.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Fabio Massimo Bonini)

For Costume Fridays, Lucas dressed up as a gold digger.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
On March 3, the Brevard Talent Group posted congratulations to Tom Nowicki for booking a recurring guest role. We don’t have any information yet which character he will be playing or in what capacity. There were no casting calls last week.

In February, the MacGyver Reboot made Rank 14 on the list of most popular shows on SpoilerTV; one rank lower than in January.

Lucas Till will take part in a virtual relay to New Orleans for Shirts Across America on March 27. If you want to join, you can find all important info here.

Lucas Till in the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via John Mott)

ICYMI, here’s a short overview of recent news:

  • On February 24, Gula Tech Adventures released a video interview with Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and director/producer David Straiton recarding cyber security.
  • The official CBS Store for the Reboot has finally been “re-opened”.
  • Production Designer John Mott posted new/old Stills of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot; filmed back in April 2016.
  • Lucas’ movie Son of the South is still available on demand and in selected theaters. Check the official website for more info. On Amazon US, the DVD and BluRay are listed with a release date of April 6.

MacGyver Reboot Update #137

No new episode tonight. But hey, better a rerun than no episode, right? Especially if we already know the next one has so much potential to become a fan favorite.

Lucas Till and George Eads in the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via John Mott)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About Episode 5×09 (MAC420/504)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×09 (Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt). CBS released 17 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got a new BtS photo of Lucas Till before the episode aired. Afterwards, Production Designer Danny Davila posted more BtS material; e.g. a screenshot of the storyboard or a video of building the mine shaft. The next day, we got several BtS photos by Tristin Mays’ Stand-In Jordan Heir and a short video clip of the window stunt by Courtney Chen (stunt double for Levy Tran).

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via CBS)

Remember that this was the “Frankenstein” episode; partially filmed almost a year apart. Danny Davila revealed that the script has been adjusted during the filming break; adding the mine shaft mainly that Lucas didn’t have to film cliff scenes for two days out in freezing temperatures. Additionally, you can find some scenes done by Storyboard Artist Jasmine Alexia here.

On February 23, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyverisms.

Storyboard Excerpt for Episode 5×09 (via Jasmine Alexia)

To recap: Episode 5×08 got an audience of 4.728 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.50; making it the episode with the lowest audience numbers this season so far. Episode 5×09 had 4.958 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.57; beating Magnum PI in the demo-group of 18-49-year-olds.

Compared to the other scripted CBS shows (23 in total at the moment), it places Rank 14 in average live-viewers per episode and Rank 12 in average demo.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via Jordan Heir)

Several of the writers plus Showrunner Monica Macer had joined the live-tweeting. With about 578 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide. We had more tweets than for #MagnumPI (about 184 estimated tweets per hour) or for #BlueBloods (about 34 only due to the episode being a repeat). Overall, the episode was well-received on social media.

What you need to know about Episode 5×10 (MAC503)
Tonight is a rerun of Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds). Next week, we’ll get the premiere of Episode 5×10 (Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower). It was written by the two Andrews (Andrew Karlsruher and Andrew Klein) and directed by Michael Martinez.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (via Joe Pantoliano)

CBS posted the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 16. ICYMI, here’s the synopsis:

While on a mission to hunt down a Codex lead, Mac and the team discover Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) hacked their comms and has recorded them for months. Now, Mac and the team must stop Murdoc, who is working with Andrews (Joe Pantoliano), as they plot to kill thousands and reveal each Phoenix member’s most-guarded secrets.

We got 16 Official Stills yesterday; all of them featuring the guest stars alongside Mac, Riley and Desi. The Stills haven been released in HD quality yet, but we should get a preview tonight (after the rerun of 4×11).

What you need to know about Episode 5×11 (MAC505)
On March 12 is the premiere of Episode 5×11 (C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games). It was written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang and directed by David Straiton.

Episode 5×11: C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (via CBS)

We got the Press Release with the first Official Still on February 18. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac and Riley head overseas together to prevent a governmental collapse and inadvertently inhale new deadly microscopic technology.

After Episode 5×11, there’s a break due to March Madness. We should get Episode 5×12 on March 26.

Season 5 Overview
I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes without an official press release yet by production number. The infos were either provided by CBS, by a little birdie and the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via CBS)

Because the filming schedule seems to be all over the place, it’s likely that there are some mistakes in my overview:

  • 5×12 (MAC506): presumably titled Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (tbd)
    Directed by Anne Renton, presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson
  • 5×13 (MAC507): presumably titled Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (tbd)
  • 5×14 (MAC508): presumably titled H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (tbd)
  • 5×15 (MAC509): presumably titled Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (tbd)

We don’t know if they’re still on time with the schedule. As far as we know, filming is planned to be wrapped next month.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Meredith Eaton)

Working on Episode MAC508 and beyond
To Recap: It’s been harder to follow what’s going on behind the scenes. I’m assuming they have been filming MAC505 to 507 in parallel. I didn’t see any new BtS material between February 9 and February 21 (besides location scouting).

Production for Episode 5×08 supposedly started around February 18. They filmed at a construction factory which houses a Transformer and at the cabin near the lake (seen in Episode 4×08). Tristin Mays showed us her outfit as Artemis37. For Dress-Up-Friday, Lucas appeared in a Watchmen costume today.

Tristin Mays on set of Season 5

Sarah Downer confirmed in a tweet that the photo of Henry Ian Cusick in a kilt was taken during a fitting for the show; stating that we would see two kilt outfits.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
We got several Casting Calls via Central Casting Georgia in the last few weeks. They’ve been looking for a 9-year-old blonde boy to play a young Mac (presumably for the Mission City Episode 5×14), for a female with some form of arm or hand prosthesis (who looks as though they might be an ex soldier), for Physical Therapists, for High End Security Guards , for Scientists and Lab Techs (who look like they work for a very high end pharmaceutical company), for City Pedestrians, for Male Loading Dock Workers, for Italian Police Officers and for Forensic Techs.

Tristin Mays for Gula Tech Adventures (Screenshot)

On February 19, TVLine revealed that Bozer’s parents have been cast, also revealing parts of the storyline for Episode 5×14:

(…) Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson will guest-star as the aforementioned Milton and Lauretta Bozer, parents of Justin Hires’ Wilt. In the episode, Mac and Desi go with Bozer back home when his mother’s best friend dies in a tragic accident. But soon after arriving there, they realize that the woman’s death may have been murder, and the city’s contaminated water supply holds the key to finding the killer.

(via TVLine)

ICYMI: Deadline confirmed on February 18 that Alexandra Grey will have a recurring role. Starting with Episode 5×11, she will play Parker, a transgender female Phoenix engineer.

Lucas Till for Gula Tech Adventures (Screenshot)

On February 24, Gula Tech Adventures released an video interview with Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and director/producer David Straiton. They talked about cyber security, about Tristin pulling a Riley and finding the boys hacking her social media accounts and how modern technology helped filming during the pandemic.

ICYMI: The official CBS Store for the Reboot has finally been “re-opened” on February 21; adding new merch items available to order. Production Designer John Mott posted new/old Stills of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot; filmed back in April 2016.

New Reboot Merch available (via CBS)

Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South is still available on demand and in selected theaters and was put onto the list of 366 movies eligible for a Best Picture Nomination for the Academy Awards (aka Oscars). Check the official website for a list of theatres and digital platforms. On Amazon US, the DVD and BluRay are listed with a release date of April 6.